The Great Bend High School Debate Squad competed at their first tournament of the season at Valley Center's Debate tournament on Sept.the 28th. Six teams competed in three divisions. In the novice division, Ashtin Heath and Aaron Miller placed 6th and Trae Black and Malia Clark placed 2nd. Black expressed, "It was so much fun for my first time! I can't believe how well we did for our first tournament! I know I wouldn't be as good as I am without my Debate Family! They're amazing!" In the JV division Kane Schumacher and Jordan Stoulil ...
A small fountain has been added to the front of the Barton County Detention Center. Sheriff Brian Bellendir said a trusty dug and lined a pool and installed a pump using a "junk" fountain on hand at the Administrative Building. "No tax dollars were used," Bellendir said.
Persons interested in exploring foster parenthood are encouraged to register for a upcoming 10-week course provided free of charge by Saint Francis Community Services, starting Oct. 7, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 2101 Jackson Street, in Great Bend.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a rezoning request in Olmitz, firearm conceal-carry exceptions in county buildings and the Grain Belt Express wind energy transmission line.
Faith Community Church will host a celebration Saturday, Sept. 28, to kick off the expected 15,000 shoebox gifts that southwest Kansas residents will collect this year for needy children overseas. The event for Operation Christmas Child starts at 9:30 a.m. at the church, located at 293 West Barton County Road, Great Bend.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be sponsoring a Fall Middle School Dance from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. It is for all Great Bend Middle school students.
There will be a fall square dancing organizational/dancing meeting from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday at the Great Bend Recreation Center's Burnside Room, 1214 Stone. The class is sponsored by the Hoisington Swinging Stars and the GBRC, and all singles and couples are invited and there is no dress code.
The Great Bend community is invited to spend a special afternoon at this year's Community Music for Mission Concert. The concert will be held in the Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 24th and Washington, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29. Talented musicians from churches in the Great Bend area will be offering musical praise to God through a variety of musical formats, from hand bells and chimes to vocal solo, duet, quartet and choral groups, to piano solos and a brass quintet.
Severe weather is possible on Friday with storms developing in the afternoon. Scattered storms with large hail and damaging winds are the primary threats across the entire area, however a few of the storms could produce very large hail and a tornado or two. Please stay tuned for further updates and additional information.
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Six Barton County Sheriff's Office employees attended tactical training this week in Dodge City. Pictured are, from left: Detention Officer Alex Badger, Deputy Alex Lomas, Deputy Gary Leiker, Deputy Doug Parks, Detention Officer Jonathan Strandberg and Detention Officer Taylor Reed.
The District National Qualifying Speech tournament was held at Bethel College in Newton on April 17 and 18. Eight students competed and placed 7th in sweepstakes out of 14 schools. Three students advanced to the elimination rounds. Sophomore, Hadley Murphy, was a semifinalist in Original Oration. Sophomore, Ashtin Heath and Junior, Malia Clark, advanced to Finals in Dramatic Interpretation. Malia Clark placed 5th and Ashtin Heath placed 4th qualifying her to Nationals. Ashtin Heath will compete at the national tournament in Dallas, Texas, June 13th through June 19th.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will deal with personnel matters at the next meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. An executive session for private discussion of personnel is on the agenda, followed by the renewal or non-renewal of faculty contracts for next year.
Barton County Historical Society will host "Kansas BC," a presentation and discussion by Donald Blakeslee, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 27, in the Schulz Library at the Historical Society Museum. Barton County Historical Society is located just south of the Arkansas River Bridge at Great Bend on U.S. 281.
A benefit dinner for Charles Ultan Bahr to help with hospital costs will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Olmitz. Hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, chips and a dessert will be served. There will also be a cash raffle. Charles is the son of Joey and Anita Bahr. A free will donation will be taken.
The Eagles Women's Auxiliary 646 donated $3,431 to the Kans for Kids radiothon fundraiser held March 27. The held an auction and faffle at the Eagles on the 21st to raise money for the organization that helps families who are facing a battle with childhood cancer. From left to right: Corry Herrman, Darlene Blake, Hunter (Ambassador) and Yvonne West.
Many of the Great Bend High School Band entries earned a trip to the State Music Festival by receiving a I at regionals last Saturday: Brass Sextet: Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz, Allison Regehr, Michelle Rooney, Aubrey Maneth, Kayn Milholland; and soloists: Eric Vazquez, Allison Regehr, Anna Frizell, Taylor Dougherty, Kaitlin Adams, and Andrew Curtright. II's were awarded to the Woodwind Trio: Shenay Lee, Kaia Parks, Daniella Astrain; the Brass Trio: Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz, Andrew Curtright; and soloists: Shenay Lee, Daniela Astrain, Maycie Hestand, Michelle Rooney, Ben Diel, Michael Raymer, Ozioma Ofoma, Jordan Otten, and Kaia Parks. III's ...
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the Pilot Club of Great Bend at the Chamber Board Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Connie Oetken and Julie Smith. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.